protecting children's data

Today, parents and educators can barely comprehend the true extent and potential dangers for children and students posed by the unregulated use of educational data. At EDDS we simplify the complexity and minimise the risks of education data management and act in loco parentis for the world's children. We break ground in the area of education data governance.

 

Here are those who benefit from our work:

  • students and parents: we inform them about data flows, management and uses of student-generated data and create tools and mechanisms that gives them control.

  • educational institutions: we offer robust and fit for purpose data governance frameworks that safeguard and empower education stakeholders and we drive the accountability of educational technology providers.

  • education technology providers: we develop low-risk, customisable and future-proof data governance strategies; and advance competitive advantage by supporting the development of responsible digital services and driving ethical business practices that respond to the high standards of the sector.

  • governments: we evaluate education technology providers and schools to identify the ways in which data is potentially mishandled or misused, and developing platforms and regulations to protect children and students' data in the future.

We deliver by heading a consortium of world-leading academics, national research institutes, educators, education systems, communicators and technologists.

We build networks and alliances of the willing, including EdTech companies, education systems and institutions who want to protect children's and other education data from unnecessary and unwarranted use or misuse.

our vision

We want students and educators to be able to trust that their data is collected and used responsibly. We want data managers to operate confidently and responsibly and be aligned with the ethos and needs of education systems around the world.

 

our mission

We ask the most pressing questions and build human-centred and sustainable frameworks.

  • what are the education data collected about students?

  • where are they stored?

  • are they sufficiently secured?

  • who can have access to them?

  • how does their management affect education stakeholders?

  • who can be part of the decision-making about the way education data is managed? 

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data governance framework

EDDS proposes an evidence and multi-stakeholder engagement: solutions to ensure sustainable digitalisation of education processes. We offer independent evaluation and promote corporate accountability, which advances digital responsibility and ensures positive societal impact. 

With EDDS's data governance framework we commit to ethical student-centred and sustainable business models. 

We endorse ethical EdTech companies and form part of the Alliance of the Willing - a growing network of ethical EdTech providers across Europe and beyond who prioritise human agency, personal privacy and digital rights. 

private distributed computation

EDDS acts as a digital moat that enables a distributed computational architecture, aimed to serve and protect students without burdening them with extra technical knowledge. As a digital moat, EDDS manages third-party data access and data transactions allowing traceability and accountability of the data use.
Without storing or centralising education data into a single server, smart contracts link between existing student data. The EDDS platform thus does not localise, transfer or ‘store’ data; it translates metadata that enable secure access of it by third parties, thus unifying the access across disparate silos of education data.

Mapp

EDDS aims to enable cloud-based data portability for individuals, which in the long run, can develop into a personal Curriculum Vitae Account (CVA) that can integrate data related to formal and informal learning, experiences, skills and expertise. The MAMA application or Mapp (called this way just for fun) and its various tools for data literacy (interactive vocabulary), transparency (who views, modifies and accesses education data within the education ecosystem of a learner), and direct connection for communication and queries (intuitive feedback mechanisms) equips students with a personalised ‘desk’ or a one-stop-shop solution to personal data throughout their lives. At the switch of a button they can control who sees what of their education data.

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY LEADERSHIP

Science and technology is at the core of what makes EDDS such a unique and fulfilling place to work. We take pride in the diversity of our staff, with each member contributing their unique skills to the projects we are working on.

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Dr Velislava Hillman

Founder and Partner

Velislava is a senior researcher and works at the intersection of big data, individual privacy, children and education. She is a Visiting Fellow at London School of Economics and Political Science ('20-'21), and an alumna at Berkman Klein Centre for Internet & Society in Harvard University. Velislava aims to create awareness about the data that is collected every day from multiple EdTech providers in schools and develop solutions that audit and hold such companies accountable for how they manage and use this data. Her dedication is to give voice to children and young people and emphasise how they view, think about and experience education technologies and data-driven learning environments. Through EDDS the goal is to empower individuals to have a real choice in digitised learning environments and therefore the power to their own futures.

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Our partners

The EDDS consortium includes academic and national research institutes from France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Jordan, Malta, Great Britain and a highly skilled EU communications team in Brussels.

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UCM (Spain)

Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) is the largest university in Spain (with 85,000 students), the 7th largest non-distance university in Europe, and 10th oldest university in the world, with its origin traced back to 1293.